Year 3 Blog


Welcome to Lydgate Junior School.

We aim to ensure that all children receive a high quality, enjoyable and exciting education.

We feel that our school is a true reflection of the community we serve. Lydgate children are well motivated and come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Within the school community we appreciate the richness of experience that the children bring to school. This enhances the learning experiences of everyone and it also gives all pupils the opportunity to develop respect and tolerance for each other by working and playing together. We want your child's time at Lydgate to be memorable for the right reasons - that is, a happy, fulfilling and successful period of his/her childhood.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Jones

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Welcome to Year 3!

The Y3 teachers are Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Mrs Holden (3SH), Mrs Noble & Mrs Finney (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mr Gartrell.

We will use this blog to keep you up-to-date with all the exciting things that we do in Year 3, share some of the things that the children learn and show you some of their fantastic work. We hope you enjoy reading it!

The Y3 team.

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Welcome to the Y4 blog. 

The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Purdom in Y4JP, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (yes, that's right) in Y4SS, Mrs Wymer in Y4CW and Ms Reasbeck and Mrs Drury in Y4RD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Hornsey, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Wolff. We have help from Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too and some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen. What a team!

We know that the question children are mostly asked when they arrive home is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find out what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs your children will share with you what they have been getting up to and show some of the wonderful work they have been doing. Check in each weekend for our latest news.

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Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.

The Year 5 teaching team includes our class teachers, Mrs Loosley (5NL), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Mrs Webb and Mrs Ridsdale (5WR) and Miss Cunningham (5EC).  Many children are supported by Mrs Hill, Mr Swain and Ms Kania (the Year 5 Teaching Assistants) who work with children across the 4 classes. Our Year 5 teaching team aims to create a stimulating learning environment that is safe, happy, exciting and challenging, where each pupil is encouraged to achieve their full potential.

As a parent or carer, you play a massively important role in your child's development and we'd love to work closely with you. Please feel free to make an appointment to see us if you want to discuss your child's attitude to learning, their progress, attainment or anything else that might be on your mind. We'd also love to hear from you if you have any skills that we could use to make our Year 5 curriculum even more exciting. Are you an avid reader, a talented sportsman, a budding artist, a mad scientist or a natural mathematician? Would you be willing to listen to children read on a regular basis? If so, please contact your child’s class teacher. Similarly, if you have a good idea, a resource, a 'contact' or any other way of supporting our learning in year 5, please let us know.

We are working very hard to ensure your child has a successful year 5, please help us with this by ensuring your child completes and returns any homework they are given each week. If there are any issues regarding homework or your child finds a particular piece of homework challenging, then please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. In order to help improve your child’s reading skills, increase their vocabulary and develop their comprehension skills, we also ask that you listen to your child read and ask them questions to ensure they have understood what they have read.

We look forward to keeping you up to date on the exciting things that we do in year 5 through our year group blog.

The Year 5 Team

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We are the children in Y6 at Lydgate Junior School. There are 120 of us and our teachers are: Mrs Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Parker returns) in Y6AP), Mrs Phillips (Y6CP) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6AP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6CP).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth and Mrs Biggs. We use this space to share all of the great things that are happening in our classrooms. Join us each week on our learning journey....

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08 May 2019

Reduce plastics campaign

This half term in Y3 we have been learning about what it means to launch a campaign. As you may be aware, this year we have chosen as a school to campaign to try and reduce the use of single use plastics in our homes, school and the local area.

We have been discussing the issues related to plastic pollution in our RRS lessons, and the teachers have been really impressed with how passionate the children have been about this cause! They have been really keen to raise awareness of these issues, and have been discussing it and doing their own research both in and out of school. Josh and Edwin in Y3EC even made up a short drama performance at playtime about what happens to plastic bottles when they are thrown away!

This week we have been planning letters, which we are going to write to local shops, telling them about our campaign and suggesting ways which they might want to help. We had some great ideas, such as asking whether shops could use paper bags instead of plastic, or asking whether they could try and recycle as much plastic as they can. Apparently some of our local shops are already trying to reduce plastic use. For example, Betty said that Nest use paper straws for their drinks, and Olivia told us that in Bamforths Fruit and Veg shop they sell fresh orange juice, but you have to bring your own bottle. We suggested that we could say well done in our letters for what these shops are already doing!

We are looking forward to writing our letters and sending them out next week, and to taking part in the march to raise awareness on Thursday 23rd May! 
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30 Jan 2016

Languages and Cultures Day

On Wednesday, we held a 'Languages and Cultures Day' when some of our bilingual children (and their parents) taught us some different languages and talked about the countries that their families are from.

We all enjoyed the day and learnt a lot (including the teachers!). Here is a summary of what we did:

In Y3D/D, Natasha and her mum talked to us about Ukraine. We learned that the flag is blue at the top (to represent the sky) and yellow at the bottom (to represent fields of wheat). We then learnt how to say some words in Russian and how to write our names in Russian. After that, Maya and her mum taught us about Japan and how to say some words in Japanese. We learned how to write our names in Japanese and made bookmarks. Maya's mum dressed Maya in a kimono and we found out how complicated it is to put on! We finished the morning by trying some orange drop cookies (a Russian recipe) which had been made by Harry, Laurie and Poppy. In the afternoon, we made Russian dolls out of paper and learned some simple origami.

In Y3R/W, Jai-Hui and Amelia's Mums taught us greetings in Chinese and we learned about how some of the Chinese characters developed from pictures. They taught us a song about making a cup of tea for mum after her hard day. We learned about Malaysia (were Jai-Hui's family are from) and China (where Amelia's family are from) and acted out TV travel shows to China. In the afternoon, Anna and her mum talked about Bulgaria and taught us some words in Bulgarian, then we played bingo! Some children in our class made Bulgarian cheese snacks for us all to try.

Y3CW and Y3CT worked together for the day and we were visited by Maria's mum (Russia), Younes' mum (Palestine) and Pranavi's mum (India). We learned about traditional dress, learnt our numbers by singing an Indian song and spelt our names in Arabic. We learned that Maria's mum is from the coldest habitable place in the World (as cold as -76) and that the part of Russia she is from is famous for enormous diamond mines. At the end of the morning, we all enjoyed trying Russian orange biscuits that had been made by some of the children in our classes. In the afternoon, we learned about Russian dolls and made our own sets of them out of paper.

Thank you so much to all the people who volunteered to come into school to make it an interesting and exciting day for us.

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03 Nov 2015

Class Charters

All of the classes in Year 3 have now agreed on their Class Charter and designed how they want to display this in their class.

The children started by deciding which rights from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are most important to them in school and thought about how they can help to respect each others rights. They discussed the roles and responsibilities of the children and the adults in school to ensure that all children have these rights and wrote this as a class charter.

Next, the children designed how they would like to display their Class Charter and decided which one to use by voting.

Y3D/D decided to put their rights and responsibilities into large bubbles being blown by someone. They all signed their names in smaller bubbles.

Y3CT decided that they would like a Minions disco theme and made a picture of themselves as a Minion.

Y3CW chose a skydiving theme and made pictures of themselves as skydivers.

Y3R/W decided to make personalised designs out of their names to sign their charter.

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13 Sep 2015

Welcome to the Junior School

We have all enjoyed our first week in Year 3 and we have been really busy!

As well as learning our way around and new routines, we have written letters to our teachers, read 'Flat Stanley' by Jeff Brown, carried out investigations with the number 100, made self portraits, learnt a Spanish rhyme, played maths games on the computers, played football outside, talked about 'wants and needs', taken part in an Atlas quiz, and much more!

Here are some pictures of our amazing self portraits on our class welcome displays:

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17 Jul 2015

Councillor Bramall Visit

This week, Year 3 were visited by Sheffield City Council's Deputy Leader, Leigh Bramall. 

The visit was arranged as a follow up to our school's work on the general election in May and allowed the children to gain an even greater understanding of democracy by asking a 'real-life' politician about their work. Councillor Bramall answered a number of questions posed by the children including:

What do you do?
Why are you closing nurseries and libraries?
What do you spend all the money on?
Why can't you just print more money if you haven't got any left?
Why do you need 84 councillors?
Do you think David Cameron is nice?
How did you feel when Ed Miliband resigned? 

The children thoroughly enjoyed having a special guest in our year group assembly and have gone away knowing a lot more about how local democracy works and, in particular, the role of local councillors.

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